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New lawyers admitted in 2017, 2018 or 2019 can attend for free. Enter promo code 2020NLE-FREE during checkout. Admittance date will be verified.


Thursday, January 16, 2020 - Friday, January 17, 2020

8:50 AM - 5:00 PM   |   Check-In:  8:15 AM

Minnesota CLE Conference Center

600 Nicollet Mall # 370

3rd Floor, City Center

Minneapolis, MN 55402

The 2020 New Lawyer Experience

Real-World Practice Tips for New Lawyers

Get Practical Advice From Experienced Lawyers and Judges!

  • Quick answers to questions lawyers always get
  • Tips to avoid real-world ethics problems
  • Candid advice about career paths, networking and opportunities
  • What to expect in court and what judges expect of you
  • Overviews of multiple practice areas – criminal, family, real estate, labor & employment, and more!
  • PLUS – The Annual New Lawyer Social – Great Food! Great Fun! Great Networking!

It's FREE for 2017, 2018 and 2019 Admittees!
The 2020 New Lawyer Experience is jam-packed with timely guidance, valuable resources, and informed support for new lawyers – all FREE for new lawyers! If you can't attend the full two days, that's no problem. Attend as much as your schedule allows. And, you'll receive online access to all of the materials for both days!

Thursday, January 16

8:15 – 8:50 a.m.

8:50 – 9:00 a.m.

9:00 – 9:45 a.m.
What Practicing Law Has Taught Me About Success
Sarah Lynn Oquist

9:45 – 10:45 a.m.
Quick Answers to the Legal Questions Friends, Relatives and Strangers Will Ask Anytime, Anywhere
A team of experts answer the questions you, as a lawyer, will inevitably be asked when you are least expecting it.
Kathryn Hipp Carlson, E. Michelle Drake, Jenny Bouta Mojica & Thomas M. Regan
Roy S. Ginsburg (moderator)

10:45 – 11:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Avoiding Common, Real-World Ethics Problems
1.0 ethics credit applied for
This session will explore fact patterns that commonly present ethics problems for lawyers, such as failing to communicate with clients, improperly contacting the opposing party or the court, and mishandling client trust accounts. Learn how to work through the situations and avoid conduct that would violate the Rules of Professional Responsibility.
Eric T. Cooperstein 

12:00 – 12:15 p.m.
(provided by Minnesota CLE)

12:15 – 12:45 p.m.

Minnesota CLE’s Practice Resources for New Attorneys

  • Minnesota CLE Publications – Top 10 Resources for New Lawyers
    Minnesota CLE publications have the forms, statutes and advice you need to succeed. From Drafting Wills and Trusts to The Basics of Real Estate Practice, learn about the most useful books, guides and annotated documents for new attorneys.
    Holly Garland Langworthy, Director of Publications, Minnesota CLE
  • Minnesota CLE Season Passes – Special Offer for New Lawyers
    Discover why Season Passes are the best deal in CLE, and how new lawyers can purchase one for 50% off the regular price! 
    Angela Bullard Davis, Program Attorney, Minnesota CLE
  • Minnesota CLE Online Seminars – Live and On Demand
    We offer web-based seminars to help you meet your needs from wherever you are – without driving, parking or other factors. Purchase individually or take advantage of huge savings and selection with our packages and bundles.
    Leslie Sinner McEvoy, Web Education Director, Minnesota CLE 

12:45 – 1:15 p.m.
Launching Your Legal Practice
Get proven methods to successfully launch your legal practice. These strategies will help you create success whether you are starting a solo/small practice in a small town, making your mark at a large firm in the metro area or providing advice as in-house counsel.
Vincent Stevens

1:15 – 1:30 p.m.

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
BREAKOUT SESSION A  (choose one)

Essential Tips and Resources for Your First Divorce Case
From child support and spousal maintenance to advice for your first family law trial, learn the basics of divorce practice from an experienced family lawyer.
Scott M. Rodman

Your First Trial: What You Need to Know to Survive (and give yourself a better chance to win)
An experienced trial attorney provides practical tips and strategies on conducting your first trial; including pretrial preparation, opening and closing arguments, direct and cross examinations, and other considerations.
William F. Stute

What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About Intellectual Property Law
In our current climate of commerce and communications, everything you do for your clients will involve intellectual property. “Everything?” Yes – find out why in this session designed to enhance your ability to spot IP issues and opportunities for your clients.
James L. Young

How to Start a Law Firm: Important First Steps
Meeting the legal requirements; Creating a business plan; Determining the costs of starting a practice.
Susan D. Minsberg

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.

2:45 – 3:45 p.m.
BREAKOUT SESSION B  (choose one)

What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About Business Contracts
A fast-paced refresher on fundamental concepts in drafting and reviewing contracts, including the basic elements almost every business contract should include.
Rachel L. Dougherty

How to Develop Your Personal Injury Case
Evaluating the client and the claim; Fee arrangements; Minnesota no-fault law; Working with witnesses; Settlement options.
Robin Sharpe Landy

Everything But the Kitchen Sink? Conducting Effective and Efficient Written Discovery
Written discovery often constitutes the most time-consuming and resource-draining part of litigation. Discover how to draft effective requests that are targeted to your litigation strategy. Learn how to prepare requests that are reasonably limited in scope, yet sufficiently broad to obtain what you need. You will also receive sample requests.
Rebekah J. Bailey

15 Writing Mistakes that Undermine Your Credibility…and How to Eliminate Them
Legal writing guru Karin Ciano identifies 15 common mistakes in legal writing and advises how to avoid them and improve your writing style.
Karin Ciano

3:45 – 4:00 p.m.

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
BREAKOUT SESSION C  (choose one)

Tips for Handling Residential Real Estate Transactions

In a residential real estate transaction an attorney is part facilitator, part educator and part task master. Get expert advice on handling residential real estate transactions.
John H. Brennan & Francis Green

20 Top Tech Tips to Build Your Law Practice
Whether you’re starting a new firm, working independently, or improving a seasoned law practice, this session will identify the top software and system tools helping lawyers become more efficient and productive. Learn about mobile tech tools, case management platforms, convenient invoicing and accounting, secure document storage, system vulnerabilities that expose your data to the world, and the answers to all of your tech questions.
Todd Scott

Advice for Representing Clients in Mediation
An overview of fundamental approaches to mediation and advice on how to prepare your clients and cases to maximize your outcomes.
Antone Melton-Meaux

Collaborative Community Law Initiative – A New Way to Start a Solo Practice
Learn how CCLI, a legal incubator, helps new lawyers build sustainable practices that serve the needs of low-and moderate-income clients.
Karin Ciano

5:00 – 5:45 p.m.
The Annual New Lawyer Social
Great Fun!   Great Food!   Great Friends!   Great Prizes!

Friday, January 17

8:30 – 8:55 a.m.

8:55 – 9:00 a.m.

9:00 – 10:15 a.m.
Your Day in Court: What to Expect and What Judges Expect of You
This session provides a unique opportunity to hear directly from four judges. Learn the rules of their courts and receive their advice on scheduling matters, working with clerks, proper communication with the courts, and etiquette in the courtroom and chambers.
Judge Joseph T. Carter, Judge Amy Dawson, Judge Michael A. Dees & Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Cowan Wright
Kevin D. Hofman (moderator)

10:15 – 10:30 a.m.

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Candid Advice for New Lawyers 
A panel of attorneys from a variety of practice areas discuss their career paths and share advice for new lawyers. Hear what they like about their work, what they find challenging, and what it takes to succeed.
Blaine L. Balow, Ami A. ElShareif, Inti Martínez-Alemán & Ryan C. McCarthy
Theresa Johnson (moderator)

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
LUNCH, with a colleague

12:00 – 12:30 p.m.

Helping Yourself While Helping Others
Learn about ways to get involved in the bar and the community and how involvement increases wellness.
Joan M. Bibelhausen & Sherri L. Knuth

12:30 – 12:40 p.m.

12:40 – 1:40 p.m.
How to Make Presentations to Clients, the Court or Any Audience
Judge Wahl shares practical tips for making powerful and persuasive presentations.
Judge Edward T. Wahl

1:40 – 2:25 p.m.
Finding and Keeping a Job: Strategies for New Lawyers that Really Work
Learn what legal employers are looking for, what your options are, how pro bono work can help you find a job, networking tips, resume advice, non-legal job opportunities, and more. Receive practical strategies and tips from professionals with their fingers on the pulse of the legal job market.
Roy S. Ginsburg, Claudia Melo & Summra M. Shariff
Nancy Lochner Howard (moderator)

2:25 – 2:35 p.m.

2:35 – 4:45 p.m.
(includes one 10-minute break)
BREAKOUT SESSION D  (choose one)

Employment Law in Practice
Learn the basics of hiring, testing, reasonable accommodation, leaves of absence, wage and hour matters, employment handbooks, discipline and termination.
Judith Bevis Langevin & Nicholas G.B. May 

Estate Planning for New Lawyers
Get tips on designing and drafting an estate plan for individuals with non-taxable estates. Plus, advice on the use of health care directives, statutory short form powers of attorney, trusts, and coordinating beneficiary designations with a client’s estate plan.
Kara P. Gray & Beth T. Morrison

How to Handle Your First Criminal Case: 10 Things You Must Know
From the rights of the defendant to conducting plea negotiations, learn the basics of criminal law defense from an experienced criminal law attorney.
Christopher Keyser 

Selecting and Forming Corporate Entities 
Learn the basics of business entity selection, including the advantages and disadvantages of the various business entities. Plus, advice on drafting articles of incorporation, bylaws, resolutions and other organizational documents.
Kimberly A. Lowe

Thursday & Friday
January 16 & 17, 2020
Minnesota CLE Conference Center
600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 370
Seventh Street & Nicollet Mall, Third Floor City Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota

There are no replays.

  • FREE for attorneys first licensed in 2017, 2018 or 2019
    Use coupon code 2020NLE-FREE if registering online. Admittance date will be verified.
  • $395 standard rate

Other discounts that may apply:
Season Pass Discount

Scholarships available!
Need-based scholarships are available for in-person and online seminars. For further information or to obtain a scholarship application, contact us at 800-759-8840 or customerservice@minncle.org.

Minnesota CLE is applying to the Minnesota State Board of CLE for 12.5 CLE credits, including 1.0 ethics credit for the 11:00 a.m. plenary session on Day 1. The maximum number of total credits attendees may claim for this course is 12.5 credits.

Registrants will receive online access to the seminar materials through the Minnesota CLE website a few days prior to the Institute. Log in to your account and go to My Account > Seminar Registrations to view the materials. At the seminar, attendees will receive hard copy materials for the plenary sessions and breakout sessions attended.


New lawyers admitted in 2017, 2018 or 2019 can attend for free. Enter promo code 2020NLE-FREE during checkout. Admittance date will be verified.